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OCT 27
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Christine Sinclair leads the Thorns to a 3-1 road win over the Dash
Sinclair made her 100th career appearance
Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair scored her seventh goal of the season in Week 13. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne/isiphotos.com)
Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair scored her seventh goal of the season in Week 13. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne/isiphotos.com)

In her 100th career NWSL game, Christine Sinclair scored a goal, tallied an assist, and led Portland Thorns FC to a 3-1 road win over the Houston Dash to kick off Week 13 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Sinclair’s goal came in the 83rd minute, her league-leading seventh of the season. Sinclair received a pass from second half sub Tyler Lussi and dribbled to her right before shooting a long-distance shot from about 25 yards out. Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell jumped to make a play on the ball, but it went through her hands to put the Thorns up 3-1 and the game out of reach.

Sinclair got things going for the Thorns in the 9th minute, winning the ball at midfield and then eventually making the key pass on Tobin Heath‘s early goal. Thorns forward Ana-Maria Crnogorčević, who was active all game, made a dummy over the ball allowing Heath to be able to take the shot. In addition to leading the league in goals, Sinclair is now tied for the league-lead in assists with four.

The Dash quickly equalized after Heath’s goal, courtesy of one of their newest players. Sofia Huerta, in her Dash debut, got on the scoresheet in the 12th minute after some nice work on the left wing by Kealia Ohai put the Dash on the attack. Kyah Simon sent a low cross into the box and Emily Sonnett‘s attempted clearance bounced off goalkeeper Adrianna Franch and out to Huerta, who knocked it into the back of the net to tie things at 1-1.

But Portland took the lead again in the 33rd minute. Crnogorčević’s initial close-range shot was saved by Campbell, but she stayed with the play and headed it past Campbell for her second goal of the season.

Houston and Huerta had an opportunity to even the score in the 65th minute, but Huerta’s shot was blocked by Emily Menges.

The Dash started three new players in the game: Huerta in the midfield, Taylor Comeau at right back and Clare Polkinghorne in the midfield. Huerta and Comeau came to the Dash in this week’s trade that sent the rights to Christen Press away. Polkinghorne signed with the Dash earlier this month before making her debut Friday night.

For the Thorns, Franch made her return to the starting lineup after being out due to meniscus surgery on her right knee. Heath missed last week’s game due to an ankle sprain, and was listed as questionable heading into this game, but played 56 minutes.

The Thorns held the clear edge in possession, 56% to 44%. While the Dash outshot the Thorns 17-11, the Thorns had more shots on goal (5-3).

Because of the international break and a bye week, it was the first game for the Dash since June 3. The result moves the Thorns into fourth place pending the rest of Week 13’s games at 5-4-4 with 13 points. The Dash are now 3-5-5 with 14 points and in seventh place. Both teams will be in action again on Wednesday night as the Thorns host Sky Blue FC and the Dash visit the Pride.

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